ONE Championship is giving Muay Thai the platform to deliver unbelievable action in 2023. On Wednesday, ONE Chairman & CEO Chatri Sityodtong made a huge announcement at the ONE Fight Night 6 press conference that will put the best of the best of the sport against one another. In 2023, 16 athletes will compete in the ONE Openweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix.
“I promise you this will blow up the sport all over the world. With our global broadcast, people will be tuning in from all over the world. The very best – the very, very, very best, irrespective of weight class – Muay Thai World Champions will be competing. Sixteen of the world’s best,” said Sityodtong.
The tournament, which has no set date, will feature 16 Muay Thai athletes from around the world. Sityodtong promised that weight will not be considered and athletes big and small will get their shot. Among current Muay Thai titleholders of varying weights in ONE are ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Champion Joseph Lasiri, ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, and ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Tawanchai PK.Saenchai.
The talent-rich pool of competitors has Sityodtong reaching out to fans for who they would like to see compete in the tournament. And what’s the prize at the end of the road? A hefty $1 million check. Along with previous announcements, such as the upcoming ONE Lumpinee event series, 2023 is set to be a breakout year for Muay Thai on a global scale.
“Fans all over the world, please tell me who you wanna see. Do you wanna see Superbon? Do you wanna see Rodtang? Who do you wanna see because this is an Openweight Grand Prix.”
ONE Fight Night 6: Superbon vs. Allazov airs live at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST on Friday, January 13. The action is free to all Amazon Prime subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.